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Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2018 9:21 a.m. PST

Now I'm about to finish the painting commission I told you about in a previous thread.

ships batch

This time I've painted all the galleons in my customer's collection--along with a smaller ship for myself. As already done with other ships before, each of them shows slight differences with the rest (either by replacing the stern part, bowsprit, or masts, with those from either my spares stock or the commission itself). All this, with the aim to make each ship unique.

starboard view

Also, even keeping a common colour pattern for hulls and masts, I've given to each one a colour schema of its own for sails, outer and inner rails, or bow and stern. Following customer's instructions, every merchantman has been given a different set of flags. From left to right: Portugal, Scotland and Spain. On its side, the pirate galleon has been crowned with the flags commonly attributed to Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach.

port view

stern view

bow view

As said above, I've taken advantage of the work on these galleons for painting a fifth ship, this one for my own collection. It intends to be a Catalan privateering sagetia in times of the War of Spanish Succession ('saettia' in Italian, link).

sagetia plan

Sageties were rigged like a xebec, with three lateen sailed masts and no bowsprit; but unlike this latter, a sagetia does not show the slender, galley-looking profile usual to xebecs. This way, I've chosen to build it on a Peter Pig schooner hull, using plastic card for sails and metal or wooden parts for masts and yards.

port view

starboard view

There is little, if any, information on Austro-Catalan naval flags of the War of Spanish Succession, so I've had to speculate a bit using flags from the 1670s. One famous Catalan privateer of that time, Miquel Montserrat, commanded one such sageties in either blockade running or naval depot storming missions; it was armed with 12 guns, with a 150 men crew.

stern view

bow view

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2018 9:34 a.m. PST

Lovely, especially the sagetia :)

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

Well, well Lluis. These are great to look at. Good close in photography too. The next set of "Pieces of Eight"(designed for these ships) is under development now. The rules should be out in February 2019. These ships you have done will fight very well under the new rules.
Thanks for the pictures.

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Aug 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

I am aware of such, Martin --and I'm confident all these ships will be available for your 'Pieces of Eight' rule testing in a few weeks' time grin

boggler19 Aug 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Very splendid! Puts my undercoated box of unfinished ships to shame!

Colonel Bogey19 Aug 2018 1:04 p.m. PST

Those ships are stunning – lovely work and great to see what you've done with these models.

Tony S19 Aug 2018 4:14 p.m. PST

Those ships look great! I collected the ships and figures for the "Pieces of Eight" rules, but, like so many of my projects, they are sadly moldering in a box somewhere. The rules looked like fun!

I'm quite interested to hear that RFCM are now redoing them! This just might be the kick in the pants I need to dig them out and paint them! (Well, and seeing how spectacular the above painted examples from Lluis look)!

Oh, and if I may say so Martin, the only thing that bothered me about the original "Pieces of Eight" rules was that ships moved the fastest if the wind was directly astern. No offense, but that's incorrect. I've never served on a pirate vessel, but I'm relatively confident that a broad or beam reach is a faster tack.

jowady19 Aug 2018 5:03 p.m. PST

Very nice… makes me want to do a Captain Blood fight!

tkdguy19 Aug 2018 7:08 p.m. PST

That's a fine looking fleet you've got there! thumbs up

ModelJShip21 Aug 2018 3:49 a.m. PST

Lluis, other time a great work. Your flags looks like very nice, painting works too ; )

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 12:26 p.m. PST

Amazing work!

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Aug 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

Thanks for your so warm comments, Sirs grin

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